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Top five college cities in America

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the many schools in the Boston area.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the many schools in the Boston area.

Whether you are looking at schools across the nation, or just want to move with moving containers to an area where college life is common, there are many options available. No matter what part of the country you are living in, there are cities nearby that are university-centric.

The capital of Massachusetts is one of the most recognizable college towns in the country, and this may be one of your first considerations when choosing city options. There are many colleges and universities throughout the area, which together offer a wide array of higher education options.

While not in the city, neighboring Cambridge is home to Harvard University, which is the oldest college in the country, as well as the area's Ivy League representative. There are also other major schools such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - also in Cambridge - Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University and Suffolk University.

New York City
There are also many schools in New York City, with its vast area able to give students many options while living in the city. Like Boston, the area offers some of the top schools in the country, and could be a great destination for someone who loves life in a big city while continuing their education.

Manhattan has many prestigious schools, including Columbia University, New York University, Berkeley College and The New School. Brooklyn also offers Brooklyn College, Long Island University and St. Francis College. The Bronx is the home of Fordham University and Manhattan College, while Queens offers Queens College and St. John's University, among others. Staten Island is the home of Wagner College and the College of Staten Island.

Los Angeles
The West Coast has its share of college cities, and Los Angeles may be at the forefront. The area is known for its large population, but also its various education options.

One of the most prominent colleges in the area is the University of California, Los Angeles. Other public schools such as California State University, Northridge, and California State University, Los Angeles, are located in the city.

Private schools are also numerous throughout Los Angeles. Loyola Marymount and the University of Southern California are both located in the city. The city's film industry makes it a center for film education, as the Los Angeles Film School and the American Film Institute Conservatory are options if this type of school is for you.

One of the largest cities in the country is located in the Midwest, and offers a multitude of top educational options. If you plan to travel to the Great Lakes region to live for the next few years, and are considering going back to school to earn a higher degree, this may be the perfect place to do it.

The Windy City offers multiple private school options including  Northwestern University, DePaul University, North Park University and the University of Chicago. There are also several public universities that may pique your interest, such as Northeastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Those in the South may want to look toward Texas for a big college city. The state's population makes this easy for anyone to select a good choice, but one city that may be the most attractive is Austin. The large city is the home of the University of Texas at Austin, which is one of the top schools in the country academically.

There are many other schools in the city including, St. Edward's University, Concordia University Texas and a branch of The Art Institute.